Social Security Disability
At the Law Offices of Russell J. Goldsmith, we’ve been assisting New England’s disabled (with offices in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire) with their Social Security disability claims, and appeals when necessary, for 34 years. During the period of 1970 to 2016, the number of disabled beneficiaries rose from 1.8 million to 10.1 million. In December, 2016, there were 8.8 million disabled workers, 1.1 adult disabled children and 260,000 disabled widow(er)s .
Through all levels of determination, Social Security disability applicants have faced an average approval rate of 31% for those disability claims file from 2010 through 2019. The initial approval has averaged just 21% during that period with the percentages of applicants awarded benefits at the reconsideration level averaging just 2% and at the hearing level averaging 8%. Government Accounting Office studies have shown that those represented by an attorney have a significantly higher (3 times higher) success rate than those unrepresented.
Thus, having the benefit of an experienced and aggressive Maine Social Security Disability Lawyer has remained all the more important, and the earlier on in the process, the better.
Knowing that you have the benefit of a lawyer from the very beginning who, if necessary, will fight for your case on appeal to ensure that you get the benefits you deserve, will provide you with the sense of comfort at a time when you have enough to handle with the medical conditions that have caused you to go out of work. This is not to mention the financial concerns that are impacting you and your family. While getting started with a claim may seem overwhelming, we will work with you each step of the way to ensure that your case is pushed forward with the appropriate documentation and in an expedited manner.
Should your case need to proceed to hearing, Attorney Goldsmith has personally handled 1000’s of cases over his career and will work with you, on a personal level, so to make sure the proper evidence has been gathered and presented and the proper legal theories are explored and ultimately argued both through his brief writing and his oral argument and presentation of your case at hearing. As an extremely aggressive and well-prepared Maine Social Security disability lawyer, and familiar with all of the Administrative Law Judges handling hearings throughout New England, he will ensure you are properly prepared you’re your hearing and will personally attend your hearing should that prove necessary. Likewise, Attorney Goldsmith is knowledgeable of the other related areas of law, such as the laws pertaining to workers’ compensation, personal injury and long term disability insurance, so as to be able to advise how those related cases (and the receipt of benefits related to those types of claims) may impact your particular base (and vice versa).
Unlike Social Security advocacy services, which are comprised of non-lawyers who have not attended law school and have not gone to law school so as to learn the basics of the legal system and how it operates, Attorney Goldsmith located in Maine and with additional offices throughout New England is a distinguished and successful Social Security disability lawyer who regularly attends hearings at the Office of Hearing Operations located in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire (and is licensed by each of these state bar licensing authorities). Since the time of the COVID pandemic, new rules have been instituted for video hearings through the Microsoft Office Teams platform. With this new technology in place, Attorney Goldsmith is able to guide you through the hearing protocols of a hearing disabled claimants are now able to attend from the comfort of their own home.
When you obtain the services of the Law Offices of Russell J. Goldsmith, you’ve sent a message that you’re serious about the attorney representing you and the case you’re presenting. In Maine, Russell J. Goldsmith is a well-respected and experienced Social Security disability lawyer known for fighting for his clients’ rights. With offices throughout New England, you’ll rest better once you see the efforts undertaken on your behalf shortly upon getting involved.